ODOT will add three “enhanced” crossings as part of safety changes coming to 82nd

ODOT will add three “enhanced” crossings as part of safety changes coming to 82nd


Location of three intersections that will get “enhanced pedestrian crossings”.
(Base map is Metro’s Bike There map to show location of nearby bikeways.)

The Oregon Department of Transportation wants you to learn more about their plans to make several changes to SE 82nd Avenue. They’ll hold an open house for their 82nd Avenue Intersection Improvements project next Tuesday, January 26th.

The project will impact nine intersections. At six of them — Burnside, Stark, Washington, Yamhill, Mill and Division — ODOT will upgrade traffic signals, add curb ramps to meet ADA standards, and add more reflective street signs. Of particular note is that five of those intersections rank among the top five percent of high-crash sites in the region. And SE Mill is currently part of a neighborhood greenway route. At three other intersections – Ash, Salmon, and just north of Division — ODOT will build “enhanced pedestrian crossings.”

Here’s more from ODOT about those crossings:

The enhanced pedestrian crossings will each include signage and a pedestrian refuge “island” between the northbound and southbound lanes on SE 82nd Avenue. In addition, crosswalk striping and Rapid Flash Beacons will be installed at the crossing north of SE Division Street, where there are more pedestrians crossing SE 82nd Avenue to get to and from Portland Community College (PCC).

The project will cost $5.4 million dollars and it comes ODOT’s Transportation Safety Programs budget. $400,000 of that total cost is being spent on the three intersections getting enhanced crossing infrastructure. The project is part of ODOT’s long-range focus on making updates to 82nd.

Next week’s open house is set for 5:00 to 7:00 pm in the cafeteria of Harris Park Elementary School (2225 SE 87th Ave). Construction is scheduled to begin in early February and be completed by this fall.

— Jonathan Maus, (503) 706-8804 – jonathan@bikeportland.org

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